Today in Politics

I haven’t posted for quite some time now due to personal issues plus the loss of my husband and trying to readjust but where we are today in politics has me very confused.

I understand that people wanted change and decided that in order to generate change there was the feeling we needed to go outside of the box and elect a non-politician.  Has that proved to be the right thing?  I have to question that as from what I’m seeing we now have someone in the White House who has no idea of how the system works.  There are procedures set by the writers of the constitution so let’s see what has happened so far:

  1. Healthcare – Trump ran on the platform that Obamacare could be replaced very easily, possibly in one or two days.  Did that happen, no, plus there was a committee of men deciding on what was the best healthcare for women.  That’s like a committee of women deciding that they would treat diabetes for women but for men there would be no treatment.
  2. Precondition health issues-let’s just toss that out as it would save money (of course it would as people wouldn’t be able to have health insurance continue so in certain circumstances that means death).
  3. Replace and repeal-that fell through and so they tried repealing first then replacing later, thus leaving people without insurance.  Smart, Not
  4. Promising to put coal miners back to work-that is a health hazard as it is proven that working in the coal mines subjects the miners to lung disease plus isn’t environmental friendly.

The point I’m trying to make is it takes a politician who knows how the system works and knows you just don’t go in as President and start saying this and this is going to be done and once they say it they think that’s all they have to do and it becomes a law.  Watching the debates should have clued the people the type of personality they would be voting for-either a politician or a name calling bully.  It has now become the “Celebrity Apprentice White House style”, firing someone each week.

I’m not saying we had a lot to choose from this past election but it obviously makes a difference as to the type of person we elect as president based on someone who knows how the system works as to someone who knows nothing about procedure.  A big difference between making real estate deals and making decisions regarding our country.

If the candidate isn’t willing to provide their income tax like everyone else sends up a red flag for me.

The things I mentioned are only a few but I listed them just as an example.  I’m hoping that everything gets under control for the good of our country.  We can have a lot to gain or an awful lot to lose and I hope it’s GAIN!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Breaking News: Tim Russert host of “Meet the Press” dead at 58

Friday, June 13, 2008
Fox News

WASHINGTON —  Tim Russert was big wherever he went — in politics, in television, in writing — and even in a suit.

Russert, the hard-hitting but big-hearted moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” died at work Friday at age 58 of a reported heart attack.

Russert, who also was in charge of NBC News’ Washington bureau, is survived by his wife, Maureen Orth., and his son, Luke.

A noticeably shaken Tom Brokaw made the announcement live from New York on the NBC network, saying his colleague collapsed and died early Friday afternoon in the network’s bureau in Washington.

Brokaw said Russert had just returned from a trip to Italy with his wife and son to celebrate his son’s graduation from Boston College. They reportedly were still in Italy at the time of his death.

“He has been a very familiar face on this network and throughout the world of political journalism as one of the premiere political analysts and journalists of his time,” Brokaw said.

Russert was also known for his large stature, his love of his family, and his affinity for his home town, Buffalo — and it’s NFL franchise, the Bills. Brokaw said Russert had just visited Buffalo last week to assist in moving his father to a new home. Russert’s father, known as Big Russ, was the subject of one of Russert’s best-selling books.

“I think I can invoke personal privilege to say that this news division will not be the same without his strong, clear voice. He’ll be missed as he was loved — greatly,” Brokaw said.

Russert had hosted “Meet the Press” since 1991, taking the seat from Garrick Utley. Russert also authored two best-sellers, including “Big Russ and Me,” which focused on the relationship with his father, and the “Wisdom of Our Fathers.”

Russert honed his hard-hitting interviewing style over the years, and became a make-or-break appearance for any major American politician, as well as must-see television for political observers, in and outside government.

He regularly interviewed the biggest names in domestic and international politics. He also moderated presidential debates, including at least three during the 2008 presidential campaign cycle. He was scheduled to host Sens. Joe Biden, D-Del., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., for the upcoming Sunday show.

Click here to read more national reaction on Tim Russert’s death.

“Meet the Press” has been on network television since 1947, and is the longest running American public affairs show.

Russert — who also was an attorney and a former aide to former Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-N.Y., and former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo (D) — had a distinctive on-air style marked by tough questioning and extensive research that included posting well-documented quotes and charts on air.

During the 2000 election, Russert received light ribbing but made an indelible memory for making repeated references to a white dry-erase board he continued to write on while explaining the ongoing tallies. He eventually determined that night — before the recount and the hanging chads — by playing out numbers on his erase-board tally that Florida would be the center of the action.

Russert’s reputation — criticized both by conservatives for liberal bias, and liberals for conservative bias — might have been the only one left untarnished by the scandal involving former White House aide…… To continue [Click HERE]

Questions, not answers, highlight YouTube debate – Democratic Presidential

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (CNN)
This past Monday night 8 Democratic Presidential hopefuls were at the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina to participate in the most unusual debate ever.  For the first time they did not field questions compiled by journalists nor did they take questions from the audience.  This debate was hosted by CNN with questions submitted though YouTube, a web site that well known for making online videos. 

The following link is a link to a video, which I think you will enjoy,  that highlights 11 short segments of the debate some of which are quite humorous and, in my opinion,  probably pretty much sumed up as to how the whole debate went.  Actually it was just enough for me as I just feel that from now till the last hour all candidates will change their platforms many times over according to how they are running in the polls. 

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/07/23/debate.main/index.html#cnnSTCVideo

However if you missed the debate and are interested in watching it I’ve included the links for you and wish you good luck.   

Click on the following links to watch segments of the entire debate.

Watch Part 1 of the debate Video
Candidates weigh in on what makes them different, what exactly is “liberal,” race and its influence on the response to Hurricane Katrina and same-sex marriage.
Download: iPod compatible | Microsoft Windows Media

Watch Part 2 of the debate Video
Candidates discuss Darfur, Iraq withdrawal, women registering for selective service and meeting with leaders of other countries.
Download: iPod compatible | Microsoft Windows Media

Watch Part 3 of the debate Video
Questions via YouTube cover issues ranging from their favorite teacher, No Child Left Behind, public vs. private schools, sex education, Al Gore, global warming and alternative energy.
Download: iPod compatible | Microsoft Windows Media

Watch Part 4 of the debate Video
Candidates tackles issues including minimum wage, Social Security, taxes, health care and religion.
Download: iPod compatible | Microsoft Windows Media